We spoke to a Botox expert to get the lowdown
Chrissy Teigen has never been shy about sharing her various body adventures and mishaps with her followers. From the weight loss she experienced during postpartum depression to unexplained body tremors, graphic images of her bruises to Instagram posts about her stretch marks, she always keeps it real and nothing is off-limits.
Now, she’s shared a treatment that involves injecting Botox into your armpits, with the aim of stopping excessive sweating. Taking to Instagram stories, Teigen shared videos of her appointment with her “favourite human” Dr Jason Diamond, where the Beverly Hills-based plastic surgeon is seen carefully injecting Botox while Teigen asks, “does it look like a chicken?” “Yeah, chicken skin,” replies her mother Vilailuck Teigen who is behind the camera. Teigen appears to be completely delighted by the treatment, accompanying one of the videos with the caption, “BOTOXED MY ARMPITS. TRULY BEST MOVE I HAVE EVER MADE I can wear silk again without soaking woohoo!”
Teigen then followed up with a tweet, writing “no more soaking through silk! truly didn't hurt at all! but I also do laser hair removal there so my pain tolerance might be quite high.”
To find out more about the procedure we spoke to Consultant Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon Dr Linda Fiumara who assured us that the procedure was not only very simple but also completely safe. “Botox has been FDA-approved for the treatment of underarm excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis) so it is 100 per cent safe,” she says. “It is done in the clinic and takes approximately 20 minutes, with no downtime at all. Results last for approximately six months, so it is normally repeated twice a year.”
So how does the treatment actually work? Dr Fiumara says it involves multiple tiny injections in the armpit. Botox paralyses the muscle fibres that surround the sweat glands in the armpits. When you sweat these fibres contract, milking the sweat glands. If these muscle fibres are paralyzed, the sweating process cannot occur. While the treatment looks painful, Dr Fiumara reassures us it’s not that bad. “Numbing cream can be applied prior,” she says, “however, treatment is normally well tolerated even without numbing cream as the needle used is extremely fine.” The average cost per procedure is £600.
If you’re suffering from hyperhidrosis there are other options, such as Endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy – which involves major surgery where the nerves are cut – and Miradry which involves using thermal energy to permanently destroy the sweat and odour glands. Dr Fiumara, however, says she wouldn’t recommend them particularly not the Endoscopic Thoracic Sympathectomy which could result in damage to nerves, air getting trapped in the chest (pneumothorax) and sweating of another part of the body (i.e. compensatory sweating). Miradry, meanwhile, is a new treatment and as such, there is not a lot of information on it yet. “It requires injections of local anaesthetic prior to applying the treatment plate and can cause significant swelling and bruising of the treated areas,” says Dr Fiumara. “There are numerous important anatomical structures in the axillae (lymph nodes, major nerves and major arteries and veins). What if the energy applied reaches deeper structures and causes unintentional damage to one of these?”
For more information, you can contact Dr Linda Fiumara here.